A powerful drug lord known as Mexico’s Osama bin Laden has escaped from a maximum security jail for the second time – fleeing through an elaborate network of tunnels underneath his cell.
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, is on the run from Altiplano jail, 50 miles outside of Mexico City, security officials said.
His audacious escape saw him dash through the mile-long tunnel system, which led to a building under construction next to the prison. The tunnels boast air vents, electric lights, emergency oxygen tanks – and even a motorbike on rails…
Guzman – whose nickname El Chapo (‘The Shorty’) is a reference to his height of 5ft 6ins – runs a drug empire that stretches across North America and into Europe and Australia.
His latest escape comes just 16 months after he was captured following more than a decade on the run. He currently faces federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S…
After Guzman was arrested on Feb. 22, 2014, the U.S. said it would file an extradition request, though it’s not clear if that happened.
His escape is a major embarrassment to the administration of Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto…
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement Sunday: ‘The U.S. government stands ready to work with our Mexican partners to provide any assistance that may help support his swift recapture.’
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who is mired in controversy following his recent comments that Mexican immigrants are ‘drug traffickers and rapists’, tried to make political capital from the escape with a contentious tweet last night.
‘Mexico’s biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so!’ he wrote on Twitter.